Jeffrey Hull wrote:No quarrel meant with you sir, but I fail to realise why dodan is combatively applicable. Honestly, it just seems like an old Reinhardt-stunt to me.
Sorry I missed this before.
Dodan tests your grip to see if you can maintain correct grip as your sword passes though a solid target (like a human body). If you can't, your sword will turn and you will lose control. The sword will get stuck or worse, bend. Cutting air, foam or palstic bottles will not teach you this, and neither will regular tatami cutting. Of crouse this has little practical application today, except for those who like to train as though they may have to use the art in combat.
Medieval persons of the upper classes most likely learned this hunting, or perhaps by practicing on animal carcasses (which is another albeit messier and more expensive way of learning the same thing, provided you do not gut the animal first).
Plus may I point out that there is not a single reference to test/target-cutting in any Fechtbuch
There are also no references to pell work in any German medieval fechtbuch I've read, though there is period art. There aren't references to a lot of things in any fechtbuch. Regardless, we know our ancestors had these skills, and however they developed them, if we want to come close to knowing the art as they did, we need the same skills. I am giving you a way that you can develop them today. There are other ways, I just don't know of any. If you can come up with one, I'll take it. Heck, it might be better, and cheaper.
Joey Nitti wrote:hmmm I think this makes sense. Even in the picture, the guy cutting has both hands on the hilt, while the guy winding has a hand on the pommel. It seems very practical to shift your grip depending on the situation, kind of like with regular vs thumb-grip (thumbing the blade). Just like both regular and thumbing are both used, just in different situations, maybe whether you hold the pommel or the hilt is the same idea. Not to mention how personal preference affects these kind of things
I think that's the essence of it.